LTHS boys cross country coach Mike Danner (pictured front row, first on left) with the Lions who finished second in the state. (Courtesy LTHS)

Lyons Township High School varsity boys cross country coach Michael Danner was named the 2015 Illinois 3A Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year, according to DyeStatIL, the Internet home for high school track and cross country in Illinois.

LTHS started strong early in the season getting within one point of top-ranked Sandburg at their own invitational at the beginning of September. By the time they got to the state series, LTHS was burdened with illnesses to top runners.

The Lions qualified for state, placing third behind Sandburg and Hinsdale Central. Danner kept his team focused on the state meet. They ran their best race of the year at Detweiller Park finishing second. The Lions followed that up qualifying for the Nike Cross Nationals in which they finished ninth.

According to LTHS Athletic Director John Grundke in a press release issued by the school last week, “Coach Danner continues to get our student athletes to buy into our program and our training procedures and they continue to exceed expectations year after year.”

RBHS boys basketball

The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys basketball team made 12 three-pointers in a 75-41 win against St. Edward Central Catholic in Elgin.

Henry Trelenberg led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points, while senior point guard Daniko Jackson played a flawless floor game with 13 points, nine assists and zero turnovers. Ryan Cicenas (12 points) and Jalen Clanton (10 points) added more firepower to the team’s attack which produced 26 baskets and 18 assists.

RBHS (13-2, 6-0 Metro Suburban Conference) welcomes Illiana Christian in a conference crossover game on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs then face Fenwick in a highly anticipated game at Glenbard East’s “When Sides Collide” event on Saturday at 4 p.m.

LTHS boys basketball

The Lyons Township High School boys basketball team split a pair of home games with a 60-45 win over Lincoln-Way East on Saturday and a 57-47 loss against Proviso West on Friday.

Connor Niego recorded a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds against Proviso West. Cawone Hester (8 points), Eli Bright (6 points), Noah Niego (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Tyrese Shines (4 points) also contributed for LTHS which shot 18-for-67 in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division matchup. Emanual Cross had 17 points and six rebounds for Proviso West (7-5, 2-2).

LTHS (7-8, 2-3) hosts conference leader Glenbard West on Saturday, Jan. 23. Tip-off is 6 p.m. for the Lions’ annual “Pack the Place” game.

RBHS wrestling

The Bulldogs (89 points) finished eighth at the Lincoln-Way East Invite with Lincoln-Way West (231) winning the championship.

RBHS sophomore Tommy Russell (27-1) defeated Lincoln-Way West freshman Chris Kennedy by fall (2:43) in the 106-pound championship match. RBHS junior Julian Blanco (21-4) also advanced to a title match in the 138-pound class but lost to Plainfield East senior Zach Krause by fall (5:59).

The Bulldogs’ Joey Swallow (11-11) and Ernesto Bobe (20-9) both finished in fourth at 152 and 160 pounds, respectively, while Josh Contreras (126) and Carson Moreno (182) came in sixth in their weight divisions.

In a conference dual meet last week, Fenton edged RBHS 38-29 to clinch the Metro Suburban regular-season championship.

LTHS boys bowling

The Lions won the Hinsdale South Regional with a score of 6,277. LTHS senior Jack McGuinn won the individual title with a score of 1,351. Other top scorers for the Lions included: senior Colin Temple (1,303), senior Garrett Ariana (1,259) and sophomore Otto Meccia (1,252).

Marco Garcia, Thomas Brasse, Raleigh Arriaga and Kyle Bell comprise the rest of the team which advanced to sectional competition.